Karen joined HTA as a part 1 architectural assistant in 2009 and subsequently returned after completing University in 2012 and then passed her part 3 in 2015.
Her role involves the design and day-to-day management of projects which have included PRS, New Build, and Office to Residential as well as liaising with clients, consultants and local authorities. She is also the Year in Industry mentor to year out students in the Edinburgh office following her placement where she achieved the Merit Certificate in Management by the Chartered Management Institute.
Karen has been involved in setting up the W@HTA group whose aim it is to promote women in the industry through events such as the recently successful ‘leading women at HTA’ panel.
Included in the HTA Rouleurs team Karen successfully took part in the Ride London-Surrey 100-mile cycle event and together have raised between £15,000 and £30,000 for each charity: Shelter, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Breast Cancer Care.
Prior to joining HTA, Karen studied at the University of Strathclyde and received her PgDip for a project which involved working closely with charities and communities in Haiti where she researched and designed a low-cost housing project which explored the use and self-building of indigenous and recycled materials.
During her time at HTA Karen was part of the team which delivered the tender to construction stages for the 64 houses in phase 1 and 70 homes in phase 2 of Mill o’ Mains, Dundee. She was the project leader for the planning application for the office conversion to 44 flats in Edinburgh, completed in 2015. She also produced tender to construction information for the 160 homes and commercial spaces in phase 1 of Castleward Urban Village in Derby which was completed in 2016. In addition to this she produced details for the high-end residential apartments for the Chelsea Creek project in London and tender information for the build-to-rent accommodation for the Springside project for Grosvenor in Edinburgh.
Karen has recently completed the construction of 59 houses and 10 flats for social rent at Mill o’ Mains for its third phase in the master plan at Dundee where she was Project Architect and Contract Administrator.
Currently Karen is part of the Client Monitoring Team of Block 5 which will provide 379 ‘multi-family’ apartments through modular construction and is part of the planning application which will deliver 1965 homes at Greenford Green in Ealing. Leading to this she was the Project Architect for Block 5 during planning stages including leading the envelope and residential packages for stages 3 to 4.